Although they are not possibly the best pieces of the Seventh Art, there are a series of films where all the beauty of Italy unfolds before our eyes. We suggest that list of inspiring feature films as a good exercise to think about your next trip.
But it is not a question here of praising Italian cinematography, or referring to the stories that Italians have told on the screen or how they see themselves as a society. Traveling is a tourism magazine and as such the idea is to highlight those films, which although far from some of the masterpieces mentioned above, showed us all the beauty of Italian landscapes. Here we select 10 feature films that are probably never placed in the list of unmissable films in the great history of cinema, but that did make us dream of Italy and all its visual splendor.
Few know that the 1953 film was innovative because far from using studios, the film was shot almost entirely in natural settings. That is to say in Rome itself, which puts it at the top of our list. The story tells that a European princess, Anna (Audrey Hepburn), befriends an American journalist, Joe Bradley (Gregory Peck), with whom he travels and enjoys Rome, far from the protocol and the rigid royal norms. It is a comedy and was shot 60 years ago, but the City of Seven Hills remains the same and many of the scenarios are still there, splendid.
A tribute from Woody Allen to the Italian capital, with four stories that are intertwined with the metropolis in the background, at the rate of comedy and with an international cast that tells the director himself, Alec Baldwin, Ellen Page, Jesse Eisenberg (the Allen’s new fetish actor), the Spanish Penelope Cruz and the Italian Roberto Benigni, among others. The film was written by Woody Allen himself and is the product of the idea of a group of Italian film producers who joined together to finance a film for the New York creator who was imposed only one condition: that the film should take place in Rome.
A concession of the list: it is a film directed by an Italian. However, Bernardo Bertolucci can be considered as the hollywoodense among all his compatriots. In fact, the protagonist is Liv Tyler, accompanied by a superb Jeremy Irons. And almost like a third protagonist appears Tuscany, where this summer drama takes place where love, passion and eroticism are mixed. There are many scenes shot in the countryside itself and the urban scenes correspond to San Gimignano.
It is a romantic comedy in which Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) accompanies Claire (Vanessa Redgrave) and her grandson Charlie (Christopher Egan), on a romantic journey in search of a youthful love from which he separated 50 years ago. The story begins in Verona, in the mythical house of Juliet, where lovers seek protection and advice, and then it is projected to the countryside full of vineyards, undulating profiles, small villas and old houses, as well as spectacular sunsets. Bucolic at times, always romantic, the film is partly based on the beauty of the surrounding landscape.
It seems, in principle, a trip back in time, to 16th-century Italy. But the reality is that, in many ways, Venice seems sometimes stopped in time. The classic story, by William Shakespeare, raises the drama when lender Shylock (Al Pacino) intends to execute the collection of a debt that Antonio (Jeremy Irons) maintains, which he contracted to help his friend Bassanio (Joseph Fiennes) woo a lady. Although with a strongly social and controversial message, the film is presented as an intimate drama, and perhaps that is why almost no long or panoramic shots are used. But this does not prevent enjoying a magnificent and magical Venice.